With a non-assuming approach and deep concentration, the tall, well-built fast-bowler would deliver balls over the 140 kph mark. Nixon Alexei McNamara McLean (named after the infamous U.S. president) is a former West Indies fast bowler whose international career spanned approximately seven years from 1996 to 2003.
Born in St. Vincent in the year 1973, McLean made his First-class debut for the Windward Islands in the 1992/1993 season. Able to achieve bounce off of a good length, he caught the eye of regional selectors three seasons later in 1996. As part of the touring West Indies squad, McLean made his ODI debut against Australia at Melbourne. His returns indicated early potential as he scalped an impressive 2 wickets for 33 runs in ten overs.
McLean's Test debut came against England in the West Indies' home series of 1998. However, he did not bowl a single ball in that match. That Test was abandoned in the tenth over; as a result of an unfit Sabina Park pitch. Mc Lean played 19 Test matches, but only captured 44 wickets at a woeful average of 42.56. His ODI returns were reasonable, with 46 wickets captured after 45 matches with an economy rate of 4.89.
McLean displayed some knowledge of batting. His Test-best was a respectable 46 runs and he hit an unbeaten ODI half-century as well. That he managed 4 half-centuries in First-class cricket, demonstrated that he knew which end of a bat to hold at least. In total, McLean accumulated 2527 runs in 149 First-class matches at an average of 13.51. His bowling returns in the First-class arena were 506 wickets at an average of 27.51.
McLean was not a genuine strike bowler by any means. Throughout his career, he was generally regarded as a first-change or support bowler. Playing for the Windward Islands, however, McLean was the appointed new-ball and strike bowler. Like many of his fellow West Indian fast bowlers in an era of decline, Nixon McLean was terribly inconsistent. To his credit, he lacked the unnecessary showmanship of underachieving fast-bowlers like Franklyn Rose.
Despite his poor returns in the Test arena, McLean was a well-travelled cricketer. He played cricket in England, New Zealand and South Africa for teams like KwaZulu-Natal, Hampshire, Somerset and Canterbury. In the West Indies, he played for St. Vincent in the Windward Islands competition and the Windward Islands in the West Indies' regional domestic competitions. Nixon McLean last played First-class cricket in 2006. His international career came to an end disappointingly at the ICC World Cup South Africa in 2003.